I don’t know about you, but when I started homeschooling, I wasn’t looking at things from a long-term perspective. We started homeschooling, frankly, because it seemed the best thing at the time. We’d tried both public and private schools. Disaster. Homeschooling was a sort of last resort for our eldest, and yet… it worked. Our second and third daughters were born into a home educating family, and have had very limited experience with institutionalized learning. And now… the years of high school and beyond are staring us in the face.
This is where a voice of experience is welcome.
Enter The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide, published by Educational Diagnostic Prescriptive Services. The author, Jill Dixon, is a veteran homeschool mom, educational consultant, as well as national consultant for Home School Legal Defense Association. In other words, a voice of experience.
The Guide is a comprehensive and intensely practical book. You might call it a homeschooler’s course in Career Preparation (until I read the book I wasn’t aware such a course existed, but evidently it’s a required freshman course in some colleges to help students avoid wasting time and money), and as a bonus, completing all the activities in the guide is worth 1/2 credit as a Middle or High School elective.
This Guide really spoke to me because it is not typical of our culture, i.e. it includes a section on courses to pursue in high school if you are preparing for a career as wife and mother. Pardon me a moment while I throw confetti in the air, whoop in delight, and turn handsprings. Okay, virtual handsprings. The Guide is solidly based in Biblical precepts, honoring God and family above career and materialism.
It reminds me of my sessions with a guidance counselor in high school. (How I wish I had listened to him… turns out he was right, in his interpretation of my aptitude test results. But that’s a story for another day.) The Guide‘s 225 pages comprise a wealth of information, as well as forms for working out career choices, college choices (if college is right for your student), and high school course planning forms that will support and prepare your student for those choices.
Your student will begin with four assessments, with the results providing direction in career and educational choices. Planning high school courses is so much easier if you have a target to aim at!
This material dovetails nicely with a message I heard from Josh Harris years ago. He was talking about how “the teenager” is a modern concept, and how so many young people nowadays waste their teen years, playing, drifting aimlessly, instead of preparing for adulthood. His was a message of urgency and purpose: Time is precious! Don’t waste it!
The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide will give your student the tools to take aim at life.
The Guide is available from EDUDPS as an e-book for $34.95, or a soft cover book for $39.95.
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